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Why I think DISM is awesome…

August 5, 2011 2 comments

Have you ever run into a situation where a NIC driver just will not install from a driver package in a ConfigMgr task sequence? The NIC driver works when you use it in WinPE. It will install in the full OS outside of the imaging process without issue (i.e. via Device Manager). It just will not install from “Auto Apply Drivers” or a “Apply Driver Package” in the task sequence. I have to say this can be really frustrating. This happened to me with Windows 7 32-bit and some Intel drivers. No version difference would help.

But, I used DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) to install the drivers in the image that I captured and the NIC drivers installed without issue using that new image in the same task sequence. In fact I used the same drivers from the driver package that didn’t work in the task sequence. Nothing different other than installing them into the offline .WIM file of the captured OS.

That is why I think DISM is awesome!



Creating an Answer File

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Install Windows 7 WAIK on your computer (not the reference machine)
  2. Copy "Install.wim" from the /Sources folder on your Windows 7 DVD to a folder on your local disk (i.e. C:MyImages)
  3. Open Windows System Image Manager (SIM) from the WAIK folder under the Start Menu
  4. In SIM  right click on "Select a Windows image" and click on "Select Windows Image…"
  5. Select your image
  6. If you are prompted to create a catalog file select "Yes"
  7. The catalog file will generate
  8. On the File menu select "New Answer File"
  9. Expand "Components" under the image (left side)
  10. Right click on the components you want to add and select the appropriate "Pass"
  11. Select the added components within the Answer File (middle pane) and then modify the settings in the right pane
  12. When you have made all of your customizations under the "Tools" menu select "Validate Answer File"
  13. You should see the validation in the bottom pane
  14. Warnings about the changes are okay but errors or other warninings need to be reviewed and changes to the Answer File should be made accordingly
  15. Save the Answer File when finalized by using the "File" menu
  16. Save the file as Autounattend.xml
  17. Copy this to the root directory of a removable storage device
Categories: Windows 7

USMT & Config.xml

February 21, 2010 6 comments
When using the User State Migration Tool (USMT) you can exclude items from migrating such as gadgets or a theme you can create "Config.xml".  To do this you need to run the following command*:
scanstate.exe /genconfig:yourconfig.xml
Then you can edit the XML file to exclude these items.  For example if I do not want gadgets to migrate I would change the following line to say "No" instead of "Yes".  Then you need to use the "/config:yourconfig.xml" while using Scanstate to capture the settings.
    <component displayname="gadgets" migrate="yes" ID="gadgets">
* You need to run this on the source OS.  For example if you are using USMT to capture files from Windows XP to Windows 7 you should create the XML on a Windows XP device.  This will ensure that Scanstate will not capture
Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Windows XP Mode

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment
This is just a basic how-to for Windows 7 and Windows XP Mode.
Setup Instructions
  1. Download and install Windows XP Mode (it is important to do this first)
  2. Download and install Windows Virtual PC
  3. Restart
  4. Open Windows XP Mode from the Windows Virtual PC folder in the Start Menu
  5. Accept the EULA and click next
  6. Set the password for XPMUser and click next
  7. Set the Auto Updates option and click next
  8. Click on Start setup
  9. Windows XP Mode will then be setup for first use
  10. After this completes you will be in the VM

Publish an Application

  1. This is a really easy process – install an application in the Guest Operating System…any application (i.e. older version of Office)
  2. Log off the Guest Operating System and close the VM (This will hibernate the Guest OS)
  3. The applications can now be opened under Windows XP Mode Applications below the Windows XP Mode VM
Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – GodMode

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment
I was tipped off by a couple of guys at work about this one…
GodMode is the name given to cheats in video games that provide you with all weapons and access to all areas.  As it turns out, Windows 7 has a DoMode cheat as well.  It is basically a control panel of sorts whichg provides you access to all the features in one explorer window.  Inthe Windows 7 control panel, features are grouped together either in categories or control panel item names.  Nothing is grouped under anything in GodMode.
Here is how to enable it:
  1. Create a new folder
  2. Reaname it to: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

***NOTE*** I read on CNET News ( that "The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash."

Here are a few more to try:

  • LOCATION.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
  • BIOMETRIC.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
  • POWER.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
  • NOTIFICATION.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
  • CREDENTIALS.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
  • NETWORKAPPS.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
  • DEFAULTS.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
  • ASSEMBLIES.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
  • WIRELESS.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
  • NETWORK.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
  • DRIVES.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • PRINTERS.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
  • REMOTE.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
  • FIREWALL.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
  • PERFORMANCE.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Build 7000

March 31, 2009 Leave a comment
This build has me impressed compared to where Vista was at this stage.  However there are a few things I have ran into so far…
  • SCCM Console install – flagged a warnring on the install for a .NET 2.0 update that cannot be applied (the console still installs and works)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection install needs a workaround – Install LiveUpdate first and then you can install the client
  • Office 2007 package we have has the Outlook client setup on its own.  This works on XP and Vista but in Windows 7 it tried to use a different account (service account) and one of our other domains instead of the local credentials I was logged in with.

I will add more as I find it but I am excited to see the RC!

Categories: Windows 7
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